NASA Scientist Alberto Behar died in a plane crash on Friday in Los Angeles.
Alberto Behar, a polar researcher who combined a scientist’s deep curiosity with an engineer’s audacious inventiveness, died on Friday when the plane he was flying crashed shortly after he took off from a small airport near his longtime workplace, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
Behar, who also taught at Arizona State University and ran the school’s Extreme Environments Robotics and Instrumentation Laboratory, had a passion for creating autonomous craft, sensors or cameras that could probe places no human could ever go — one being down the great roaring watery drain pipes, or moulins, that pepper the Greenland ice sheet in summertime. I wrote about that work in 2008.
Another was the surface of Mars. He was also an investigation scientist for instruments on the Curiosity Rover and Mars Odyssey orbiter.
The total is 74 scientists dead in 2 years. Alberto Behar had helped to prove that there had once been water on Mars, having worked on two missions to Mars. He was also a robotics expert who researched how robots function in harsh environments (such as under water or inside volcanoes).
What is approaching us? What are they trying to hide? What will the earth be going through?